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Marketplace AM for March 22, 2007

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Wal-Mart gave up too easily

Chris Farrell says if we want to clean up subprime lending, we need more than regulatory reform. He argues that we need to open up the banking industry to competition and, flaws and all, Wal-Mart is the company to do it.

A healthy dose of micro-insurance

India's economy is booming, but only 10% of its citizens have health insurance. That's prevented millions from seeking care, but now India's poor are discovering the benefits of micro-insurance — and so are the companies providing it.
Posted In: Canada, Health

Back and forth on immigration

A bipartisan measure to be unveiled in the House today calls for both increased border security and a path to citizenship for illegal immigrants — but the Senate appears to be stalled on immigration and that could be a big boost for the status quo.
Posted In: Immigration, Washington

Hold the phone, Motorola

It wasn't long ago that the ultra-slim Razr phone was all the rage, but some analysts say Motorola spent too much time relishing that success while prices slumped and the industry raced ahead.
Posted In: Science, Wall Street

Safe passage for Deutsche Bank cargo deal?

Deutsche Bank has plans to take over Maher Terminals, a major ocean cargo handler in the New York area. And it looks like the deal won't face the same scrutiny as last year's ill-fated Dubai Ports World proposal.
Posted In: Canada, New York

Boeing v. Airbus spat hits WTO playground

The U.S. and the European Union take dueling claims of unfair play before the WTO this week. At issue: billions of dollars worth of state subsidies granted to rival plane makers Boeing and Airbus.
Posted In: Canada